Released On Her Personal Recognizance Bond
A Winfield woman who falsely accused her boyfriend of a crime now faces a criminal charge-according to the following news release by Winfield Chief of Police John J. Perrine:
On March 12, 2013, Officer Kevin Young of the Winfield Police Department executed a warrant for Autumn N. Hightower, 23 of Winfield. Hightower was arrested on a warrant for “False Reporting” that was initiated by the Putnam County Prosecutors Office and issued by Putnam County Magistrate Linda Hunt. The criminal complaint charges that Hightower filed a false emergency incident when knowing the information reported was false, and she reported to police an alleged occurrence which in fact did not occur.
Hightower’s arrest stems from an in incident on October 26th, 2012, when Winfield Police were dispatched to a domestic altercation in progress at the Britney Point Apartment Complex. Hightower gave a written statement to police that implicated her boyfriend in a domestic assault. Hightower wrote that he “held me up by my throat against my bedroom wall and called me names. He then proceeded grab me by the hair and threw me on the couch.” Police observed physical evidence of bruising on her body which was consistent with her statement. A warrant was issued for Domestic Violence-Battery and her boyfriend was arrested.
But then Hightower changed her story,
At a preliminary hearing in Putnam County Magistrate Court Hightower provided a notarized written statement to the Putnam County Prosecutors Office retracting her original statement that she provided to the Winfield Police. Hightower explained that at the time she wrote her original statement she was angry at her boyfriend and fabricated a story about a domestic assault. The battery case against Hightower’s boyfriend was dismissed.
The public should be aware that lying to a law enforcement officer is a serious offense that can result in an arrest and criminal conviction, says Perrine.
"In the Hightower case, a tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars and significant law enforcement resources were expended on the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of this case," explains Perrine. "Furthermore, she made-up a false 911 call for a domestic in progress. Her actions unnecessarily jeopardized the safety of the community and officer that were responding to the call. This is a priority call that is inherently dangerous and requires a minimum of two police units to respond to the emergency with activated lights and siren."
Publisher’s note: All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.
A criminal complaint is a legal document that is usually filled out by a law enforcement officer presenting evidence to a judge or magistrate. The judicial official determines if the officer has provided enough evidence to issue a complaint or a warrant for a suspect arrest.
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